Xbox One Sees “Record Holiday” Fueled by Successful Exclusives, New Features

Microsoft is touting 2015 as the “biggest in [Xbox] history,” bolstered by the launch of a refined, snappy new user interface, several high-profile exclusives, and tons of ID@Xbox indie titles. Seems like Microsoft’s “greatest games lineup” claim wasn’t as unfounded as many wanted it to believe, with each of its blockbuster exclusives, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Forza Motorsport 5, and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition selling over 1 million copies.

Rather impressive, eh? Especially for Rise of the Tomb Raider, which launched on the same day as Fallout 4, faced poor sales, but had a brilliant December recovery on the back of great reviews from users and games journalists alike. Check out our review of Rise of the Tomb Raider here.

But the Xbox team isn’t content to stick with a killer 2015 and promise big and bold things for the new year:

“As we close a record 2015 for Xbox, there is even more in store for gamers in 2016. With great new games, hundreds of additional titles coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility, a wave of investments in Xbox and gaming on Windows 10, new Xbox Live updates and features for the console including Cortana on Xbox One, 2016 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for gamers.”

Sounds like the Xbox One is in for an exciting 2016. While it’s unlikely that it will put a major dent in the PS4’s sales lead, the console has shaped up to become a worthy and exciting addition to the current generation of consoles. Microsoft has gone a long way to rebuilding the trust of its fan base after a rocky launch and some rather unpopular decisions, and while more work needs to be done, we at the Cabin are confident that the Xbox One will see some great days ahead. With a new entry in the Gears of War franchise, the exciting half-game half-TV show Quantum Break, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3 – the list goes on and on – there’s a ton you’ll be able to do with your Xbox One in 2016.

What do you think of Microsoft’s revival of the Xbox One? Do they have it in them to repeat that performance in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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